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Must be able to obtain a Secret (Tier 3) security clearance and must be able to maintain the required level of clearance while employed in the subject position.
ResponsibilitiesThe ideal candidate must have experience operating and administering system in a blended Windows/Linux environment, utilizing system monitoring tools, proficient in risk management framework, have experience in Cybersecurity engineering, system security planning, policy enforcement and project management. Current Contracting Officer's Representative (COR), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Authorization Professional (CAP), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CIRSC) or equivalent preferred. Preference will be given to candidates holding current COR Level 2 or higher, CISSP, CISA, CAP, and CIRSC certifications.
- Design and Implement IT systems that are in alignment with OCIO and Commission business objectives.
- Implement and maintains cybersecurity plans, strategy, and policy to support and align with organizational cybersecurity initiatives and regulatory compliance.
- Create and maintain IT system related documentation for assigned systems (SSP, CMP, CP, FIPS199, IRP, E-Auth, System Architecture, DRP, etc.)
- Perform incident triage and make recommendations that enable expeditious remediation. Track and document incidents from initial detection through final resolution.
- Assists with the implementation of decisions, guidance, laws, regulations, and policy in the development and support of the IT initiatives, programs, and project.
- Manage a portfolio of contracts as a CORE for the Network Services Division.
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Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. citizen or national
- You will be required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check
- You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period
- You are required to register for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/03/59
- You will be required to submit a Financial Disclosure Statement.
QualificationsYou must meet all the requirements below by the closing date of the announcement and they must be clearly identified in your application, resume, or supporting documents. This includes any general and specialized experience, education, and/or selective placement factors mentioned. These are used to determine if you possess the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities to successfully perform in this position. You must meet the following United States Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) qualification requirements for the advertised position. OPM's prescribed Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Information Technology (IT) Management can be found at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/2200/information-technology-it-managementseries-2210-alternative-a/.
Generally, current federal employees or reinstatement eligibles must have served at least one year at the next lower grade level. This requirement is called time-in-grade.
To qualify at the GS-13 level, you must have one-year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 obtained in the federal or private sector performing Information Technology Specialist (Cybersecurity) duties to include: (1) Lead and/or perform technical and analytical work pertaining to acquisition, testing, integration, installation, utilization, maintenance or modification of IT systems; (2) Manage accounts, network access rights, and determine gaps between the current and the target architecture; (3) Evaluate new system engineering technologies and effects on the operating environment to improve operational efficiencies and eliminate risks that could affect the use and delivery of IT systems or services; (4) Develop, document and maintain system administration standards, operating performance, capacity, availability, serviceability, and recovery; (5) Perform the installation and integration of systems fixes, patches, updates, and enhancements while ensuring application of information security/information assurance policies, principles, and best practices are followed in the delivery of system administration services.
To qualify at the GS-14 level, you must have one-year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 obtained in the federal or private sector performing Information Technology Specialist (Cybersecurity) duties to include: ((1) Lead and/or perform technical and analytical work pertaining to acquisition, testing, integration, installation, utilization, maintenance or modification of IT systems; (2) Manage accounts, network access rights, and determine gaps between the current and the target architecture; (3) Evaluate new system engineering technologies, develop roadmaps and plan strategic direction for areas of responsibility (4) Work to enhance operating environment , improve operational efficiencies and eliminate risks that could affect the use and delivery of IT systems or services; (5) Develop, document and maintain system administration standards, operating performance, capacity, availability, serviceability, and recovery; (6) Plan, install, configure, test, implement, and manage the systems environment in support of the organization's IT architecture and business needs. Direct the installation and integration of systems fixes, patches, updates, and enhancements to ensure the application of information security/information assurance policies, principles, and best practices are followed in the delivery of system administration services.
In addition to meeting specialized experience requirements, you must have IT-related experience demonstrating these competencies:
Attention to Detail - Is thorough, precise and consistent when accomplishing a task with concern for all the areas involved. Achieves quality in all tasks performed.
Customer Service - Establishes collaborative working arrangements with business partners and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to anticipate and identify their needs to determine the most effective high-quality service or solution.Demonstrates a "can do" attitude in servicing the customer and communicates effectively when they "can't do" and "why."
Communication - Communicates in a clear and convincing manner with officials, managers/supervisors, both verbally and in writing in order to advise and gain acceptance with recommendations that may not always be readily accepted. Independently addresses and resolves issues that may be construed as sensitive or controversial.
Problem Solving - Identifies and analyzes problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of information; generates and evaluates alternative solutions; makes sound recommendations. Delivers solutions and decisions that have a positive, far-reaching, and comprehensive organizational impact.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through national service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills, and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Surplus or Displaced Federal Employees: The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) Programs are available to federal employees that qualify. Those eligible for these programs are granted special priority selection rights. To be considered, you must be deemed well-qualified by receiving a score of 85 or higher. If you are a federal employee claiming CTAP/ICTAP, you must provide the documents listed under the Required Documents section to verify your eligibility. Also, you must indicate in your application that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. For additional information regarding CTAP/ICTAP, please visit: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.
Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you are registered with the Selective Service or are exempt under Selective Service regulations. For additional information concerning Selective Service requirements, please visit http://www.sss.gov/.
Foreign Education Credential Interpretation: http://www.naces.org/members.htm.
Severely disabled persons program information: http://www.opm.gov/disability/People with disabilities.asp
Cover page to fax paper application - OPM Form 1203fx: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf
Assessment Question: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10780958
Vacancy ID number: 10780958
Reasonable accommodations: This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the contact listed on the vacancy announcement. The decision to grant a reasonable accommodation is made on a case-by-case basis. Verification of information: Any information claimed on your resume and in application materials, such as education, credentials, employment history, etc., will be verified as part of the security clearance process.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
The self-assessment questions are related to the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies (KSA's). You do not have to respond to the KSA's.
- Skilled in implementation on matters pertaining to management and implementation of enterprise systems and cybersecurity policy while meeting organizational system deployment standards, cybersecurity initiatives and regulatory compliance.
- Advanced in knowledge applying advanced Cybersecurity policies. Possesses a through working knowledge of Incident Response principles, systems administration techniques, broad understanding of industry standards, and best practices. Ability to cope with fast paced dynamic work environment where areas of responsibility are broad and encompass multiple technologies.
- Skill in establishment and implementing policy needed to govern IT activities. Drive strategic evolution of Technology and policy for the management of IT systems provided by the Commission for internal and external business partners.
We will evaluate your relevant education and/or work experience as they relate to the competencies, knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) mentioned above. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.
Your responses to the self assessment questions serve as the basis for your initial rating. You will receive a numerical score based on your responses to these questions. Next, your responses will be evaluated by a Human Resources Specialist and/or a subject matter expert against the information provided in your resume. The best qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview. If referred all relevant documents submitted with your application package will be forwarded to the selecting official. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or for changing your scored responses to questions you've answered, which may affect your overall final score.
View Assessment To preview the assessment questionnaire, click the following link: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10780958
To receive consideration, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified below by 11:59 PM ET on: 04/14/2020
1. Resume. Your resume or any other written format you choose should contain the following information: paid and non-paid experience, including job titles, dates held (month and year for qualifying purposes to receive credit), number of hours worked per week, and salary; knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to this position; specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work; and names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s).
Your resume should contain enough information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic, general, or specialized experience requirements for each grade level you are applying. This information must be clearly identified in your resume. If you do not provide enough information for us to determine your qualifications, you may be rated ineligible.
2. Occupational Questionnaire. A complete job-specific occupational questionnaire submitted through your Application Manager account or fax it using the methods outlined in the How to Apply section.
3. Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles. You must submit the following documents:a copy of your agency notice; a copy of your most recent performance rating; and a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.
4. Cover Letter. This is optional.
5. SF-50: Current and former federal employees must submit a copy of an SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action," which documents your highest permanent grade/step/salary held. Award SF-50s typically don't contain your grade/step/salary.
6. Performance Appraisal: If you're a current or former federal employee, you must submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal dated within 18 months. If you do not have one, you must submit a statement indicating your reason for not being able to submit one.
7. Veterans' Preference: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to direct hire positions; however, the Commission considers veterans' preference eligibility a positive factor in the hiring of all positions. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include such information in their cover letter, or resume, and submit supporting documents (e.g. DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active duty) as part of their application package. Although the point preference system is not used as in the competitive service, applicants eligible to claim a 10-point preference must submit a Standard Form 15 (SF-15), and documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed, as listed on the SF-15. Specific information is available on the Office of Personnel Management website at: http://www.opm.gov.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit it along with the documentation specified in the "Required Documents" section below. You must apply online, which allows you to review and track the status of your application. Documents and application references are available at the "Other Information" section of this announcement. You must meet qualifications as of the closing date of the announcement and your complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 (EDT) on . Please note that this announcement has application limits and may close prior to this date.
To begin the online application process:
a) Log onto USAJOBS, click "Apply Online" to create a USAJOBS account, or to log into your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
b) Click the "Submit My Answers" button to submit your application package.
c) To verify that your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select the "Application Status" link, and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, documentation received and processed, and any correspondence we have sent you related to this job opportunity. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
To return to an incomplete application: Log into your USAJOBS account and click "Update Application" in the vacancy announcement section. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
Agency contact information
AddressOffice of the Chief Information Officer
500 E St SW
Washington, DC 20436
You will receive an auto-generated e-mail telling you your application has been received. After the application count cut-off date has been met, your application package will be reviewed by the Commission's Human Resource Management Office for completeness and satisfaction of the basic qualification requirements for this position.
Your application may also be reviewed by Subject Matter Expert(s). If you are selected for an interview, you can expect a structured interview process, which may include a meeting with 2 to 4 Commission staff members.
We appreciate your interest in the Commission and commit to keeping you informed on the status of your application. You will be notified of the following major milestones:
Receipt of your application; Determination whether your application shows you meet the minimum qualifications for the position;Determination whether your application was in the group for referral to the hiring official; and
The final outcome of the vacancy.
These notices will be emailed and posted directly on your USAJOBS account. You can always check the status of your application as the recruitment process moves along by: 1. Logging into your USAJOBS account; 2. Selecting Application Status; and 3. Reviewing the Status column.
Fair & Transparent
The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Legal and regulatory guidance
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/564450500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.